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A Nest of Baby Rats

baby rat nest

10.05.2006 - This is a litter of baby rats that I removed from the gutter of a home. The homeowner had actually observed the female rat entering and exiting the gutter, and suspected a nest therein. I arrived at the home, and found the gutter of the porch roof completely littered with years' worth of debris, much of which was so old it had nearly decomposed into soil.. I began to dig through and remove and bag the debris, when one of my scoops yielded a SQEAK- SQEAK- SQEAK noise, and I knew I had hit paydirt. By paydirt I mean rats in dirt, for which I got paid. I carefully removed the nest of baby rats, and took this photo.

I'd guess that the little buggers are about a week or so old. This means that they'll be breeding and spreading filth and pestilence in a matter of three or four more days. Just kidding, but rats do mature quickly, and are sexually mature by only three months of age. This is why one rat in the gutter becomes 3,975,287 rats in the gutter within a few short years. That is, of course, unless the natural system of checks and balances keeps the population level. The natural system of me balancing on a ladder and checking the gutter keeps the population down. Down by six in this case.

This was an unusual call for me because normally I only deal with rats inside of homes. However, the customer is always right, and in this case, was right when she said, "I've got a nest of rats in my gutter". I was skeptical, but when I saw how filthy her gutter was, I became a believer. So folks, if you don't want rats in your gutters, keep them clean and free of debris. It might even help with water drainage.

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